How to make your holidays safer?
We love travelling in the summer as we need to rest, but we can't imagine that this can be done without access to the Internet during holidays. We want to be in touch with our friends, the office, the news, and our mailbox. So, we take smartphones, iPads, laptops, netbooks and Bluetooth-enabled devices on our holidays. However, sometimes we leave common sense at home because in the strange land we are more vulnerable to online fraud and identity theft than usually.
The airports are hotbeds of identity theft, from rogue Wi-Fi hotspots to new wireless-accessible e-passports. Free Wi-Fis in restaurants, hotels and other similar places are also very dangerous. Wi-Fi can be a danger to consumers because it can be extremely difficult to tell the difference between a legitimate public Wi-Fi hotspot and a rogue access point set up by a hacker. It's important for us to understand the types of risks we may face. It's also crucial to be aware of the information stored on our laptops, netbooks, tablets, and phones and how to protect our data while using public Wi-Fi.
Therefore, it's important for us to follow these security precautions in order to travel safely during our holidays:
Bluetooth: Turn off Bluetooth on your mobile device when it's not in use. Hackers can use Bluetooth to steal personal information and install malicious software. Also be aware that Bluetooth headsets can be eavesdropped on, allowing criminals to record your conversations easily. So hold confidential conversations in places where it will be difficult to record you this way.
Wi-Fi: Avoid using public Wi-Fi as much as possible. Criminals can set up fake public Wi-Fi access points that, once you connect, give them access to all your data. If you need publicly provided Wi-Fi, use it in a safe way and ask the hotel or restaurant staff to confirm the exact name of the Wi-Fi network. In addition, use SecurityKISS Tunnel to encrypt and protect your data.
Public Computers: Don't use public computers in Internet cafe or hotels if you want to pay bills, check your email box and log in to places where you have personal data. It's easy to steal login credentials and passwords, banking information, private correspondence and your identity.
e-Passports: New e-passports are equipped with embedded RFID chips, which contain personal information that attackers can read wirelessly from distance, and use it to clone your passport. Use an RFID blocking passport wallet to keep your information safe.
Credit Cards: You should pay by credit card during a trip. Credit cards protect consumers better against losses due to theft and fraud. Avoid using cash, checks, or debit cards unless your debit card carries the same protection as your credit card. If you lose your credit card, you can always cancel all transactions which you haven't made. If you need to pay via the Internet, use your own device and, additionally, use the SecurityKISS Tunnel.
Don't Announce on Facebook: Be careful with social media: Broadcasting to everyone on Facebook or Twitter where you are travelling to and at the same time informing you are not at home makes you and your house an easy target for on-line or off-line thieves.
Be careful and have good fun during your holidays!